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Letters to the editor: High school drama

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High school drama

When will the media stop giving George Zimmerman and his wife what they are looking for — attention? The latest from the two has to be some of the worst high school drama I have ever seen. The news report was an absolute embarrassment. I’m sure there are a lot better human interest stories going on out there.

Please, enough is enough. Stop giving them fodder for their book, and maybe, just maybe, if you do the same for Terry Jones he might go away too.

Thomas Sawyer

Brandon

Political economy and war

A brief history about political economy and war:

The Reagan and Clinton domestic economic successes were more coincidental than directly related to anything either did to “create” jobs. The global economy was shot by the time Ronnie shoved Jimmy off his lame horse at the White House and the United States was in a pickle with Iran, Russia’s proxy.

Ronnie’s administration saw an opportunity to kill off the Russian military threat and its stranglehold on Eur-Asia. He effectively saved Mother Earth from the strategic MAD-ness (Mutually Assured Destruction) of the time. We did not have the money or public support to fight a war then either, but no matter. Ronnie went after that Cold War brinksmanship like The Duke after a bad guy — with relentless zeal and complete success.

The demise of the USSR opened up the equivalent of an entire continent to free-market invasion. At the same time, however, Ronnie’s domestic policies and subsequent government deregulation are part of what made our economy what it is today.

Bill then moved in and rode the tide (among other things) of Ronnie’s success in dismantling the USSR as well as the jet stream of that now omnipresent technology, the Internet, that Gore pushed along as senator and VP. And we can thank Ike for his defense initiative of the late 1950s, designed to keep up with the then-new Russian satellite threat that juiced up computer technology and actually led to the creation of the Internet.

Building on Ike’s vision, Ronnie created the Strategic Defense Initiative, much-maligned as a “Star Wars” fantasy by naysayers, that eventually gave the United States the sophisticated weaponry we own today — weaponry that, although not perfect, can take out an ammo dump with surgical precision. With all that power comes great responsibility and apparent “global authority” to shape the world in our vision — free and safe for all humanity.

See Obama’s Sept. 10 speech for a look at his brand of brinksmanship. It too is a beautiful thing.

Henry Hower

Wesley Chapel

Natural progression?

I am the mother of a 16-year-old-boy. He is immature and irresponsible at times. Our electronics have locks and passwords on them because he has proven his lack of respect for usage rules. He is personally monitored, and parental controls are in place, yet he still manages to shop for the latest athletic sneaker or watch music videos on our electronic devices instead of tending to the assignment he is supposed to be completing.

The switch between sites and disguising of his actions takes place swiftly. He should be working in a top-secret government position with such deft talents.

Now, Hillsborough County is piloting a program to allow students’ own “electronic devices” be brought to school and used in the daily educational process.

I am a certified teacher, and I am trying to imagine how I will monitor all students’ usage while providing the necessary instruction when I am barely able to stay ahead of my 16-year-old child.

We are losing an entire generation to the problems created by overuse of electronic devices. I hope my child has the ability to take notes by hand instead of enlisting the help of a note-taking application.

The school board members are astute in the decision-making process if they are asking for the district to be very clear about the rules.

Candy Olson brings up a pertinent question concerning usage during tests ... yes or no? I applaud Megan Whitehead’s declaration of “setting rules for students’ use of devices in her class” but question how much instruction she is focused on when the added task of monitoring device usage is added to her educational to-do list.

I think it is a naive assumption to conclude, as Sharon Zulli (district manager of technology, customer service and support), “It’s a natural progression for us to bring them (electronic devices) in during school time.”

What happened to interpersonal communication?

No one knows how to speak face to face anymore.

Rose Mandt

Valrico

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